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Part 3: Alleppey - canal villages and wharf. Sapir wrote: “On the afternoon of the second day [of the week], we again got down into shallow fishing barges on the waterways. This journey [from Alleppey to Trivandrum] too was for us repose and delight … .

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Part 3: Alleppey -

canal villages and wharf


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Sapir wrote: “On the afternoon of the second day [of the week], we again got down into shallow fishing barges on the waterways.

This journey [from Alleppey to Trivandrum] too was for us repose and delight …


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“ … for the waterways were not wide and on their banks, on both sides, was a land fruitful and full of branches, of every plant and every herb and every good fragrance, like a garden of the Lord,full of delight, with very large coconut trees, bananas, betel, and high, broad trees in the shade of whose vines dwelt the keepers of the gardens and orchards.

And many people sit in huts among the gardens and the orchards, they and all their possessions.”


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Our eight-hour boat ride to Hindu villages along the smaller canals (Oct. 5)

Our guide, Shamji, his cousin, Ranjiv


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About canals (Oct. 5)alcoholic beverages made from parts of the coconut tree, Sapir wrote:

“From it they produce a distilled liquor (aquavita), which is very strong and sweet, pleasant for the stomach and heart, and they likewise make other kinds of drinks from it. The fermented drink also made from it is strong and very hot.”

“They also produce from the wool of the tree a good beverage similar to barley beer, which is white and thin, and they drink it to open the heart and to quench the thirst.”

Sapir probably refers to what is today called “toddy” (fermented from coconut bud sap) and “arrack” (distilled from toddy).


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Toddy house (men only) canals (Oct. 5)


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Sapir wrote about “high, broad trees in the shade of whose vines (daliyot: vines, trailing branches) dwelt the keepers of the gardens and orchards”

These trees were

probably Banyan trees,

with their aerial roots,

found throughout

south Asia.


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Sapir: “In the morning of Erev Shabbat, Parsha Balaq, we came to the harbor of Alleppey. … The city is very large in measure, on the shore of the sea, and most of its inhabitants are Muslims. There are also Hindus from all the families of this land. And there is a great commerce in all

the products of that land

to all the countries.”


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Ruined wharf came to

Abandoned warehouses near the wharf



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